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  1. Oldhand

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    Used - yes :)
    Broken - no :D

    Just wondering (a bit OT, perhaps):

    Given that, in men's singles matches, the pros change the shuttle (or ask the opponent to change it) after every smash and also whenever they lose a point, need a breather or simply need to upset the equilibrium, it seems they use up two barrels or more on every tight game (21-16+).
    That's 24+ shuttles! :eek:

    And if the contest marches on to a rubber set, that's .... :eek::eek::eek:

    Consider these:
    During practice, these pros don't use new shuttles on every other serve :cool:
    None of these pros were weaned on a training diet of new shuttles, much less for every serve :p
    The shuttles used for the top tournaments are the best available, each make certified for tournament quality by the international federation :)
    Doubles players change shuttles far less frequently although their shots are of a more bruising nature :cool:
    Neither pros who change shuttles more often (for instance, Taufik Hidayat) nor those who change shuttles less often (for instance, Peter Gade) seem to be deriving any particular advantage from their habit ;)

    I wonder if this habit of changing shuttles on a whim isn't indifferent extravagance of an extreme and unprofessional nature :rolleyes:
     
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    I took this picture on HK Open. There are boards which have the superseries logo on. I thought they were just cardboard painted (or printed to look like TVs). Then I looked behind them...
     

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    They look like digital signage. :confused:
    Do you have the front view?
     
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    Hmm, if not mistaken..

    ..could those be the electronic scoreboard machines??:confused:...See pics below:
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    Unlikely.
    Cheung did say they are the display boards for the SS logo. :p
     
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    they are the ones, actually. when no active matches are on, they display the SS logo. what they are is they are just plasma TV monitors used as a display.
     
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    well then, chris was right :D
    that also means they are actually digital signage devices :p
    ...and i should have noticed the processors behind them :eek:
     
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    the processors are laptops with the lid closed if i recall correctly.

    it is amazing how much goes into producing a badminton tournament coverage like a typical Open tournament like the HK Open. the competition floor is piled with cables of all sorts everywhere (i don't have a photos but you can see glimpse of it in Cheung's display photo).
     
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    Here you go your SS Logo being display..:)


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    Thanks, winston :)
    That helped.
    Yes, they drive the multiviewers for the digital signage... :)
    The more advanced MV systems can combine any number of display modules (with 8 to 16 inputs in each module) and then show them on multiple screens set together in any manner (a videowall works in pretty much the same fashion). :cool:

    US manufacturers are on top in this field... but the Taiwanese, Russians and Koreans offer almost the same thing at about a tenth of the cost :p
     
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    Wow! You must be related to this industry given you are so knowledge about these toys!! :)
     
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    Guilty :p

    Modern TV stations, cable headends, event companies (and just about anyone who needs to monitor multiple video inputs) now use multiviewers.
    That kills the need for many many (costly) video monitors. :)

    By the way, these are very expensive, er, toys. :cool:
    But I guess the Hong Kong organisers have tons of money :p
     
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    All grownup's toys are expensive.:rolleyes:
     

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